THE ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) will extend the deadline for accepting new members to February 28, 2018, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rdannounced on Tuesday.
Pimentel, head of the PDP-Laban of which President Rodrigo Duterte is a member, said the ruling party decided on the extension due to the “overwhelming number of applications that remain pending.”
“It will be unjust to arbitrarily close the gates when so many applications for membership remain unacted upon. We decided to extend the recruitment deadline to give our countrymen the chance to be a part of PDP-Laban and the change it advocates,” he said.
The party announced that it would cease accepting new members by the end of November of 2016.
However, Pimentel clarified that despite the extension, the plan to consolidate the Party’s gains in time for the 2019 mid-term elections was still in force.
“We have to deal with the influx of new members and ensure everyone in the Party is aware of our ideals, goals, and values. 2019 will be an issue-based election, not a personality contest,” he said. BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO